TiZir Titanium & Iron AS

Naustbakken 1, 5770 Tyssedal
Telephone +47 53652500
Fax +47 53652501

This company is co-exhibitor of
Nizi International S.A.


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GIFA 2015 hall map (Hall 13): stand A41

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 04  Metallic charge materials
  • 04.01  Charge materials for iron, steel and malleable iron casting
  • 04.01.01  Pig iron

Our products

Product category: Pig iron


Zircon produced in Senegal is primarily used in the production of ceramics. It is employed widely in floor and wall tiles and sanitary white ware, due to its high opacity which gives a clear white colour to ceramics.

Zircon is also the feedstock material for zirconia and zirconium chemicals and metals. Zirconia is used for ceramic pigments, refractory components and abrasives. Zirconium chemicals are used for a wide range of products including pigment coatings, paper coatings, antiperspirants and paint dryers. Due to its extreme hardness and high melting point, zirconium metal is predominantly used in the manufacturing of fuel rod casing in nuclear reactors.

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Product category: Pig iron

High Purity Pig Iron

Pig iron is produced as a co-product from titanium slag production in Norway and is an important product in the manufacturing cycle of high quality iron castings. The high purity of the pig iron from TTI makes it the ideal material for use in high quality automotive, engineering and energy casting components.

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Product category: Pig iron

Rutile / Leucoxene

Rutile and leucoxene are also produced in Senegal and are primarily used as a feedstock for production of titanium dioxide pigment as well as for production of titanium metal and in the welding industry. Whereas natural rutile typically contains between 94% and 96% TiO2, leucoxene contains between 65% and approx. 90% TiO2.

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Product category: Pig iron


We produce ilmenite in Senegal. Ilmenite is the most abundant titanium mineral with a TiO2 content ranging from 35% to 65%. It is used for titanium slag production, as well as production of synthetic rutile and titanium dioxide pigment production.

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Product category: Pig iron

TiZir’s Products

TiZir disposes of industrial installations at two locations, TiZir Titanium & Iron (TTI) in Tyssedal, Norway and Grande Cote Operations (GCO) in Diogo, Senegal. TTI produces titanium slag and high purity pig iron (HPPI) and mineral sands such as ilmenite, zircon, rutile and leucoxene are produced at GCO’s mine.

TiZir’s strategy is to be a competitive and flexible producer serving its markets with high quality products. Most of our products are either transported to customers by bulk vessels or containers. Our location, on the Atlantic coast, offers competitive freight cost advantages to our customers.


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Product category: Pig iron

Titanium Slag

Titanium slag is produced in Norway and contains approximately 80% of titanium dioxide. This is mainly used in the production of titanium dioxide pigment. Titanium slag is enriched in titanium, which means that fewer by-products will be created when using slag instead of ilmenite when producing titanium dioxide pigment. The slag is also used as a feedstock for Ti sponge productions that is subsequently transformed into Ti metal

Titanium dioxide pigment is a non-toxic white powder with high opacity, brilliant whiteness, excellent covering power and is resistant to colour change. Most is used for pigments. Paint, paper, plastic and ceramics all benefit from its ability to give brilliant whiteness, brightness, and opacity. Other applications are for example sunscreen, ceramics and light and emission absorbing surfaces.

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Product category: Pig iron

TiZir Titanium and Iron

Located almost at the end of the Hardangerfjord on the west coast of Norway, the TiZir Titanium and Iron (TTI) ilmenite upgrading facility has been producing titanium slag and high purity pig iron (HPPI) since 1986. It is the only such facility in Europe and only one of five in the world. The current capacity is 200ktpa of titanium slag and 110ktpa of high purity pig iron.

Local availability of ilmenite and access to competitively priced hydro power

Ilmenite is the key raw material used, which is currently mainly sourced from a long-life mine close by in Norway. In the future, TTI will have the opportunity to source its ilmenite from Grande Côte in Senegal.

Power is sourced from a nearby hydroelectric power plant. By virtue of a long-term leasing arrangement pricing is defined for around two-thirds of power consumed.

Why upgrade ilmenite?

The titanium slag is predominantly sold to pigment producers. The pigment producers themselves are only interested in the titanium dioxide (TiO2) contained in their feedstocks. The lower the TiO2 content of the feedstock and correspondingly the higher the impurities content, the greater the waste products that are generated during the pigment manufacture which leads to potential environmental problems and associated costs.

The smelting process in Tyssedal involves the reduction of the iron oxides from the ilmenite with everything else reporting to the slag. The separation of the iron lifts the titanium dioxide content from approximately 44% in the ilmenite to approximately 80% in the slag. As a result, the pigment producer customers have less waste to deal with.

High purity pig iron – a valuable co-product

The high purity pig iron produced as part of the smelting process (which is renowned for the low phosphorus and sulphur contents) is sold to a varied and large number of customers, and includes windmill, automotive and engine parts, as well as tools and heavy castings.

Potential for future expansion

The security of the additional ilmenite supply that will be available through Grande Côte, provides TiZir Titanium and Iron with extra flexibility and expansion opportunities.

A) Quay – Vessels arrive with raw materials

B) Coal Storage – Coal is discharged by conveyor belts to the storage area

C) Ilmenite Storage – Ilmenite is transported by conveyor belts and stored in concrete silos

D) Pre-reduction Plant – Ilmenite is pelletised and pre-reduced in a kiln

E) Filters – Gasses and fine particles produced in the kiln are removed in cyclones and electrostatic precipitators

F) Smelter – Pre-reduced pellets from the kiln are smelted in a three phase arc furnace. Molten iron is collected at the bottom of the smelter and titanium rich slag is tapped from above the iron phase

G) Continuous Casting Machine – Iron is tapped from the furnace into 80 ton ladles and refined to specific qualities before being cast into ingots

H) Crushing Plant – Crushing and screening of titanium rich slag takes place

I) Silos for Finished Slag – The crushed slag is stored in five concrete silos with total capacity of 43,000 metric tons

J) Slag Shipping – From the silos the slag is transported by conveyor belts to vessels for bulk shipping

K) Pig Iron Shipping – The pig iron is shipped in container loads

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About us

Company details

TiZir Limited is a vertically integrated zircon and titanium business which owns the Grande Côte Mineral Sands Project in Senegal and the TiZir Titanium and Iron Ilmenite Upgrading Facility in Norway. The company is jointly owned 50/50 by Mineral Deposits of Australia and Eramet of France. TiZir benefits from Eramet’s broad expertise in mining, metallurgy, logistics, R&D and marketing, and from Mineral Deposits’ development expertise and mineral sands mining experience.

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Company data

Sales volume

100-199 Mio US $

Export content

> 75%

Number of employees